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Acalypha ostryifolia (Pineland threeseed mercury)
Smith, R.W.

Acalypha ostryifolia

Acalypha ostryifolia Riddell

Pineland Threeseed Mercury, Hop-hornbeam Copperleaf

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Synonym(s): Acalypha caroliniana


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)


From the Image Gallery

16 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Margin: Dentate
Leaf Base: Cordate
Inflorescence: Axillary , Terminal
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 28 inches tall.
Flower: Petals absent.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Male flowers axillary, female flowers terminal


USA: AL , AR , AZ , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MO , MS , NC , NE , NJ , NM , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Patsy Glenn Refuge, c/o Wimberley Birding Society - Wimberley, TX
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0890 Collected May 20, 1994 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0517 Collected Jul 11, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
NPSOT 0766 Collected Jun 19, 1993 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe

3 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Additional resources

USDA: Find Acalypha ostryifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Acalypha ostryifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Acalypha ostryifolia


Record Modified: 2012-12-20
Research By: TWC Staff

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